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'Riots' crucial records intact'

Gujarat home department has made a clarification on the issue of destruction of Intelligence Bureau records related to 2002 riots, saying that all crucial records were intact and available.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2011 16:18 IST

Gujarat home department has made a clarification on the issue of destruction of Intelligence Bureau records related to 2002 riots, saying that all crucial records were intact and available.

Only some of the records or data which were of temporary nature or those classified to be destroyed after five or 10 years under the rules of the department have been destroyed, it said.

Senior counsel S B Vakil, representing the state government before Nanavati Commission which is probing the 2002 riots, had last month told reporters that telephone call records, officers' movement registers and vehicle log books of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) pertaining to the period of 2002 riots were destroyed in 2007, as per government rules.

"The SIB records pertaining to communications that took place during the 2002 riots have been classified as of permanent nature and have not been destroyed and are available," a home department official said on condition of anonymity.

"These records are preserved permanently...there are other records which are of temporary nature and are deemed to be destroyed in one year, five years, 10 years or 30 years time as per their classification," he said.

The official said that advocate Vakil seems to have been misquoted or misinterpreted.

"We are still trying to obtain Vakil's exact statement," the home department official said.

He further said the records pertaining to 2002 riot cases had been submitted to various courts including the Supreme Court, the Nanavati commission and parties concerned, from time to time.

"There are hundreds of riot cases. All the data called for by the courts and the investigating agencies have been provided and preserved," he said, adding that some data that was never sought by the courts or the investigating agencies might have been destroyed as per the rules of the department.

Every record of the cases probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the Nanavati Commission is intact, he said.

Following advocate Vakil's statement about destruction of records, the state government had come under severe criticism from the opposition Congress, riot victims and their lawyers.